Happy New Year, 2015!
Here’s to another exciting year ahead! In America, as well as other Western countries, people usually set a list of goals that they want to accomplish at the beginning of a new year. Those goals, typically specific and personal, are the New Year resolutions. Below is a list of recommended New Year resolutions you should start in 2015, if you haven’t already done so.
- Love yourself and your body. Just remember that you’re fabulous. Don’t let anyone tells you otherwise.
- Wash your face 2-3 times per day with cleanser. Don’t let those pesky pimples dominate your face.
- Drink more water and juice. Go easy on the soda, milkshakes, alcohol, and other sugary beverages.
- Drink a glass of water every morning when you wake up. It helps waking you up and freshening your skin.
- Exercise for at least 30 minutes every day. Having an active lifestyle makes you healthier, and look and feel better. You’ll thank yourself later.
- Get between 6-8 hours of sleep every night. Being sleep-deprived will affect your attention, memory, and decision-making.
- Floss every day. It helps prevent cavities and gum disease.
- Keep track of your spending (e.g. have a spending journal). Earning money could be hard, but spending money is really easy, so try not to overspend.
- Don’t spend too much time scrolling through your Facebook news feed. We all have better things to do than that.
- Give your eyes a break. Take a 5-10 minutes break after spending 30 minutes on your computer or laptop. Take a quick walk, talk to people, do something to look away from the screen.
- Save water and electricity. It’s easy as turning off the faucet while brushing your teeth and turning off the A/C and lights when you’re outside.
- Recycle. It’s not that hard to do. You just need to actually start doing it. Help keep the environment green.
- Read different genres of books. You’ll be amazed by how much you learn just from reading alone. Reading = Knowledge. Knowledge = Sexy. Therefore, Reading = Sexy.
- Call your parents more often. They miss you and want to know that you’re doing well.
- Spend more quality times with your family and friends. You’ll miss those times greatly when you get older.
- Try something new. Do something that you’ve always been interested in but didn’t have time or didn’t have the courage to try before (e.g. try on a new shade of lipstick, sign up for a class that has nothing to do with your major, try a new restaurant in the area, go skydiving).
- Travel to new places. Regardless of whether you’re going on a study abroad journey or just traveling for fun, traveling allows you to learn a lot about yourself and broadens your cultural awareness. It’s nice to explore unfamiliar places, try new authentic local food, and expand your social network.
- Help people. It could range from volunteering at a local homeless shelter and mentoring someone to carrying a heavy bag for an elderly and explaining difficult concepts to a classmate.
- Say “please” and “thank you” more often. It shows that you’re a respectful and appreciative individual. After all, they’re not that hard to say.
- Let go of your jealousy and greed. Use them to motivate you to try harder, but don’t let them bring you down and consume your time.
- Make mistakes and learn from them. Mistakes are part of success.
- Have positive attitude. Don’t continuously drown yourself in sorrow and despair. Develop stress-relieving habits, such as talking to your parents, hanging out with your best friends, eating chocolates, singing out loud, or playing sports etc.
- Smile more. It’ll make you feel happier.
- And finally: Keep on being awesome!
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About Hue La
Hey there, I'm Hue (pronounced “huay”, not “hue” like how you would normally say it in English). I'm a USC graduate and traveler with 6+ years of study abroad experience in the U.S. I founded Study Abroad Corner with the goals of providing helpful advice and building a social network for fellow study abroaders around the world.